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The Nature of the Day

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On Hoshana Rabbah there takes place the final "sealing of judgement" which begins on Rosh Hashanah. At the beginning of the period of judgment - on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur - all the world's inhabitants pass in individual review before G‑d. During the Festival of Sukkot, the entire world is judged concerning water, fruit, and produce.

The seventh day of the Festival, Hoshana Rabbah, is the day on which this judgment is sealed. Because human life depends on water and all depends upon the final decision, Hoshana Rabbah is invested with a certain similarity to Yom Kippur and is therefore marked by profuse prayer and repentance.

Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov, OBM, was one of Israel's most acclaimed religious authors, whose books on the Jewish way of life and the Chassidic movement have become renowned. Text translated from the Hebrew by Nachman Bulman and Dovid Landseman.
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Rochel Chein for chabad.org October 31, 2016

Grave visitations are avoided on Hoshana Rabbah and the other intermediate days of Sukkot, as these are days of joy. Reply

S price October 22, 2016

Ccan you visit a cemetery on this day Reply

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